Michael Bisping (15-1) will make his middleweight debut against Charles McCarthy (10-4) at UFC 83 in Montreal, Canada, on April 19 at the Bell Centre.
"The Count" is coming off the first professional loss of his mixed martial arts career, dropping a split decision to Rashad Evans at UFC 78: "Validation" last month. Bisping -- light heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 -- his camp and UFC executives decided that a move down a weight class was in order after the performance.
That's due in part because Bisping is on the smaller end in terms of 205-pound fighters and the 185-pound weight class is hungry for talented marquee names.
McCarthy -- also known as "Captain Miserable" from his stint on TUF 4 -- has been inactive since submitting Gideon Ray (armbar) at the TUF 4 Finale in November 2006. He trains with the prestigious American Top Team camp located in South Florida.
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